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AFCON QUALIFIER: Key Battles As Cranes Face Tanzania’s Taifa Stars: Desabre Under Pressure

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AFCON 2019 qualifiers (Group L):

Uganda Vs Tanzania Taifa Stars

Saturday, 8th September 2018

At Mandela National Stadium, Namboole (4:00 PM)

CRANES will be in action on Saturday (tomorrow) as they take on Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in their second group game of the African Cup of Nations 2019 qualifiers group L tie.

Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amunike leads his players for this clash which URA coach, Sam Ssimbwa has dubbed tricky for the Cranes.

“We do not have to underestimate Tanzania because history shows that national teams from our region like Rwanda and Kenya give us a hard time,” Ssimbwa said.

Amunike has hardly started his tenure smoothly, the celebrated retired Super Eagles star banned six players with one from Tanzania giants Yanga FC for reportedly failing to report to camp in time.

Key battles for the Cranes;

Murushid Juuko vs Sematta;

Jjuuko will have to be at his best like he did against Mohammad Salah and Emmanuel Adebayor when Cranes won those games with clean sheets. On Saturday, he will be up against the Genk striker Mwbana Ally Sematta.

Okwi vs Kelvin;

Kelvin Yonadn, is one of the best center backs in the Taifa Stars side and he will have to mark Okwi out of the game if Tanzania is to get anything out of this game at Namboole.

Okwi is known for being outstanding in the Tanzanian league and Klevin will not take him for granted. TheCranes striker has been outstanding so far this season.

Aucho Khalid and Himid Mao;

Aucho Khaild will have a huge task of driving the team forward from midfield and also carry out defensive duties with Hassan Wasswa. This means he is going to battle it out with Tanzania’s Himid Mao.

Desabre is under pressure because he has not won a competitive game in ten encounters despite the Cranes winning the first game of the group away from home.  Cranes would want to qualify for the AFCON for the second consecutive time.

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Villa’s Bamweyana Hasn’t Won A League Game In 5 Games, Fans Bitter

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HAVING drawn his fifth game in nine games, coach Douglas Bamweyana may be sacked at SC Villa who are fighting relegation in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Bamweyana took the SC Villa job in November last year. He has only managed to win two games, lost two and drawn five.

Angry Villa fans threw tables at Namboole and called for his sacking. “Banweyana may lead us into problems like he did at Express so management must be careful we are tired of his dull tactics,” one angry fan said.

Bashir Mutanda scored for SC Villa and Alfred Onek got an equalizer for Bright Stars who put up a wonderful display as the game ended 1-1. Villa are 12 and three points off the relegation zone which is worrying Jogo fans. Villa have not won a game in the last five games of the league. They take on Vipers, tomorrow a game that is anticipated by many as a cracker on and off the pitch.

 

Last five games played by Villa:

Paidha 0 – 0 SC Villa

Villa 0 – 1 BUL              

Police 2 – 2 SC Villa             

Nkambi Coffee 2 – 0 SC Villa

URA 1 – 0 SC Villa        

SC Villa 1 – 1 Bright Stars

 

By Kussam Kalema, Senior Sports Writer

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Express Fans Call For Kisala’s Sacking, Chairman Kiwanuka Assures Tactician Of His Job

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HAVING lost to Police FC by 2-0, Express FC fans have started calling for the sacking of tactician Kefa Kisala.

Police beat Express with inform Juma Balinya on the score sheet and Ruben Kimera. This means that Express have only won two games in their last six encounters.

Police have not lost a game in the last four encounters. They were last beaten by KCCA FC.  Express is tenth on the table with 21 points then Police is seventh with 24 points.

However, the Chairman Kenneth Kiryowa Kiwanuka, has denied the talk of sacking Kisala saying, “It is not true that we have sacked our coach when we make a decision we will communicate officially.”

 

By Kussam Kalema

 

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SAD!! Kaizer Chiefs Sends ‘Jajja Walu’ Packing After Only 17 Games

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Cranes star Godfrey Walusimbi alias “Jajja Walu” has been told to pack his bags and leave South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.
Walusinbi fell out of the pecking order at Kaizer Chiefs after the arrival of Ernst Middendorp at the start of December, with Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya establishing him self as new left back.
Kaizer Chiefs officially announced on the their twitter page that they have parted ways with the left back who joined the team from Gor Mahia of Kenya.
“Walusimbi opted to go back home to Uganda. We would like to thank him for his contribution to Kaizer Chiefs and wish him all the best,” Kaizer Chiefs stated on their twitter handle.


Walusimbi arrived at the start of the current season but his stint at the Amakhosi has been very short. He made 17 apperances for the club.
Walusimbi is among the most talented left backs you can ever admirer but his professional career is questionable especially when it comes to discipline.

By Kussam Kalema, Senior Sports Analyst

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